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Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction by Bernard Wood by Bernard Wood

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction by Bernard Wood  by Bernard Wood

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

by Bernard Wood

Product Details:

Language:                      English

ISBN 10:                       0-19-280360-3 / 0192803603

            ISBN 13:                     978-0-19-280360-3 / 978-0192803603

Author:              Bernard Wood

Publisher:                      Oxford University Press

Subject:                         Human evolution; Fossil hominids; Life Sciences, Life Sciences, Evolutionary Biology

Place of publication:     USA

Year Published:             2005

Binding:                         Paperback

Pages:                131

Dimensions:      16.8 x 11.2 x 1 cm / 6.80x4.30x.38 in

Shipping Weight:           69 grams / 0.20 lbs.

Price:                 7 USD /  5 EUR / 50 SEK

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The recent discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new interest in the study of human evolution. In this Very Short Introduction , renowned evolutionary scholar Bernard Wood traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to today's latest fossil finds. Along the way we are introduced to the lively cast of characters, past and present, involved in evolutionary research. Although concentrating on the fossil evidence for human evolution, the book also covers the latest genetic evidence about regional variations in the modern human genome that relate to our evolutionary history. Wood draws on over thirty years of experience to provide an insiders view of the field, and demonstrates that our understanding of human evolution is critically dependent on advances in related sciences such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology. This is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in the origins and development of man.

About the Author:

Bernard Wood is Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Origins at George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution.

Bernard Wood has been involved in human evolution-related research for more than thirty years. He was appointed Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Origins at George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution in 1997. This was the first Professorship to be devoted to the study of Human Origins. Prior to that he was the Derby Professor of Anatomy and the Dean of the School of Medicine at The University of Liverpool. He has published widely about the development of analytical methods and their application to the fossil record. His survey of the fossil hominin cranial remains from the Kenyan site of Koobi Fora published in 1991 is a key reference for researchers.

Table of Contents

1. What to expect

2. Finding our place

3. Fossil hominins - discovery and context

4. Fossil hominins - analysis and interpretation

5. Possible and probable early hominins

6. Archaic hominins

7. Transitional and archaic Homo

8. Modern human origins

Timelines

Personalities

Further Reading

Pertinent URL:

http://home.gwu.edu/~bwood/

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